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Renting Premium Cars

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Renting Premium Cars


I will be renting a car at CPT for my stay there during which I will be driving around, will also be renting a car in JNB for a one way trip to Durban.

My first question is: Would it attract unwanted attention if I rent a premium car like 3 series or C Class as opposed to renting a Toyota? Costs for premium cars are lower than regular cars in some cases, which is making me wonder whether there is a downside to them as in greater breakin/theft risks

2nd question:

Also, people suggest keeping valuables in the trunk and not the front seats, in that regards, is it safer to rent a sedan than a 4x4 ?

Thanks for any advice!

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11. Re: Renting Premium Cars

I rented a C class from avis and drove from Durban to KNP via Swaziland and a few other places. The only unwanted attention that I received was a nice big stone which flew up from a truck decided to crack the windscreen. £900 or so for a new windscreen. Luckily I had insurance.

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12. Re: Renting Premium Cars

@cbir you do realize kissing in public and safety inside the car is a different topic right? :)

Anyhow, I would not leave anything visible inside my car either, does not matter where I am. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Edited: 11 February 2018, 07:59
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13. Re: Renting Premium Cars

I had a Mercedes C class auto and drove from Hoedspruit across SA, KZN to game reserves and then via Himeville ( south Drakensburg ) thence Karoo to western Cape, Paternoster further up the coast and many other places back to Cape Town. Our base in CT had no garage but was off street parking and no security. Not 1 scratch or any the entire time during 6,000 kms.I also have rented a 4 WD Toyota Fortuner a few times and not a problem during 4,000 kms.

The cbir ridicule to posters Baby is a normal event on this forum sadly. Just ignore it !

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